Anger at the Netflix series “Dahmer”: Relatives of the victims criticize the real crime series

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Relatives of the victims criticize the series “Dahmer”

Jeffrey Dahmer is considered one of the most famous serial killers in the United States of the twentieth century. Now Netflix has filmed his life as a series. Even “Dahmer” is currently topping the charts there. There is a lot of criticism from the relatives of his victims.

With Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, it looks like Netflix has had its next big hit. In many countries, “Dahmer” is currently in the top 10 of streaming series – including in Germany and the USA.

The true crime series focuses on Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the most famous serial killers of the 20th century. Between 1978 and 1991 he molested and killed at least 17 young men. He did acts of cannibalism on some of the victims. In 1994, he was killed by one of his colleagues in prison, where he was serving a life sentence. Despite a diagnosis of borderline disorder, court experts considered him sane.

A story from the point of view of “Milwaukee Monster”

Dahmer tells the murders from the point of view of the Milwaukee Monster, as the press dubbed the serial killer. But the perspective of the victims also plays a role. Incidentally, Dahmer also deals with police incompetence – and structural racism in the United States. The majority of Dahmer’s victims were African Americans, who were allegedly not often taken seriously by authorities. Police escorted a victim who ran back to Dahmer’s apartment.

Ryan Murphy is the mastermind behind Dahmer: Monsters: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. The producer behind successful series like “American Horror Story” or “Glee” has already proven to be a specialist in true crime formats with “American Crime Story”. Ordinary Murphy actor Evan Peters plays the title rolewho has appeared in nearly every season of “American Horror Story.”

The supporting roles are also cast well. Richard Jenkins plays Dahmer’s father, Lionel. His stepmother, Shari, plays Molly Ringwald, the teenage idol of the ’80s in films like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. The music for the series was created by Nick Cave and longtime Bad Seeds member Warren Ellis.

The spectators are excited and the relatives are angry

Critics are so far divided over Dahmer. On the Rotten Tomatoes review group website, the series gets only 46 percent of good reviews. For example, Kayla Cobb of Decider praised the series for avoiding the threat of glorification of a killer and instead focusing on systemic failure. Caroline Framke of Variety is against it. They testify to the gradual tendency to exploit the business. The series excels in its attempt to be a psychological author of a killer and a study of his social environment. On the other hand, “Dahmer” was well received by viewers. They gave the series a positive 86 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Criticism of the figure comes from the victim’s relatives. A relative of the murdered Errol Lindsey wrote on Twitter: “My family (the Isbells family) is outraged by this offer.” “It’s shocking over and over again, and why? How many films/shows/documentaries do we need?”. His cousin Rita Ispel was Errol’s sister Lindsay.

The series reproduces Rita Espel’s testimony in court hearing. In doing so, she attacked Jeffrey Dahmer in the courtroom and was stopped by the bailiffs. Isbell also commented on the series. “It was like getting everything back,” she wrote on Insider. “It brought back all the feelings I had at the time.”

(This article was first published on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.)

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